British Council launches Education UK exhibition in Bangalore with a new scholarships programme

• Conducted an exhibition in Bangalore today, coupled with seminars on subjects of interest
• Representatives from 56 UK universities and British Deputy High Commission
• Career Guide also distributed to help Indian students find employability

Online PR News – 29-November-2013 – Bangalore, Karnataka – Bangalore, November 27, 2013: British Council today launched the GREAT Scholarship and GREAT Career Guide in Bangalore as a part of the ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ campaign (“GREAT”). This launch was announced at an exclusive Education UK exhibition hosted today at Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore for students who want to know more about education and living in the UK. In an endeavour to invite the brightest talent from India to study in the UK, British Council has announced the single largest number of scholarships ever launched in India, by offering around 370 scholarships worth almost 1 million pounds. British Council has also launched the GREAT Career Guide that features articles about popular subjects that Indian students choose to study in the UK and opportunities available after study. Launched in February 2012, GREAT is a strategic international marketing programme designed to promote the UK to business, tourism and student markets worldwide in order to enhance the country’s global reputation.

“We are delighted to launch the GREAT Scholarship programme in India. Alongside this we have also developed the GREAT Careers Guide, we hope these initiatives will provide support to Indian students with ambitions to study in the UK. The GREAT Campaign in India showcases the many benefits that British education offers. The Education UK Exhibitions and seminars held today will give students and their parents the latest information about study and student life in the UK.” said Ottolie Wekezer Regional Director, Services of International Education Marketing (South Asia), British Council

The one day exhibition in Bangalore was organised to provide information on undergraduate, postgraduate or research programmes in the UK and also give information on student life and culture. The exhibition in Bangalore witnessed participation from 56 UK universities. The exhibition also had a UK Visa and Immigration stall managed by the UK Visa and Immigration officers of British Deputy High Commission to assist the visitors with all queries pertaining to the student visa regulations and policies. UK Visa and Immigration officers from the British Deputy High Commission also delivered a seminar on student visas. The exhibition was supplemented with informative seminars that were delivered by academicians from the UK institutions on subjects such as biotechnology, IT & engineering. Additionally, the exhibition had a mock classroom session on Corporate Law and a comparative session on MBA vs. MSc.

“Now is an excellent time for students to visit the UK for a top quality education and cultural experience. We welcome India’s brightest and best talent to the UK, where they will gain internationally recognised qualifications from top-ranking global institutions, and a rich overall experience in the form of engagement with the UK’s history, art, culture and landscapes.” said Paul Sellers, Director British Council (South India).

The UK has been welcoming international students for over a century, with a global reputation for excellence in the field of education and skills. The UK welcomes over 400,000 overseas students to their institutions annually, of which almost 30,000 are from India.

GREAT Scholarships

Student Mobility is critical for cultural relations. The mutual movement of people and ideas between India and the UK helps create the condition for more creativity, innovation and enterprise. The British Council is working with partners across Government in the GREAT Campaign, promoting the UK as a destination to study. The GREAT scholarships would entail:
• Around 370 scholarships worth almost 1 million pounds (approx. 100 million rupees)on offer
• Scholarships will be offered for 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses ranging from Engineering, Law and Business to Art & Design, Biosciences and IT
• 36 UK institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are participating in this programme
• Scholarships will be tenable for Sept 2014 and Jan 2015 intakes

GREAT Career Guide

As international experience is becoming more significant for employers in a globalised economy, Indian students are opting for overseas education in high numbers. These students have numerous concerns critical to their education and career which need to be addressed carefully. The British Council – GREAT Career Guide addresses the same through the following:
• Success stories of alumni
• Contributory articles from UK university careers advisors
• Articles of popular subjects that students choose to study by UK institutions
• Tips that Indian students should keep in mind when looking for work options after graduating

For more information please contact:
Sonu Hemanii |
Senior Project Manager, Services for International Education Marketing, South India, British Council

Seminar schedule
Seminar Time
MBA or MSc - Which is better 2.30-3.15 pm
Mock classroom session on Corporate Law 3.15-4.00 pm
Student Visas 4.00-5.00 pm
Biotechnology 5.00-5.45 pm
IT & Engineering 5.45-6.30 pm

List of participating universities
Sr. nos. Name of the Institution
1 Aberystwyth University
2 University of the Arts London
3 Aston University
4 University of Bedfordshire
5 Birkbeck, University of London
6 Birmingham City University
7 University of Birmingham
8 University of Bradford
9 University of Brighton
10 Canterbury Christ Church University
11 Cardiff University
12 University of Central Lancashire
13 University of Chester
14 City College Plymouth
15 University for the Creative Arts
16 Coventry University
17 De Montfort University
18 University of East London
19 University of Exeter
20 The Glasgow School of Art
21 University of Glasgow
22 University Of Gloucestershire
23 University Of Greenwich
24 Heriot-Watt University
25 University of Hertfordshire
26 University of Kent
27 Kingston University
28 Leeds Metropolitan University
29 University Of Leeds
30 Leeds Trinity University
31 Liverpool John Moores University
32 London South Bank University
33 Loughborough University
34 Manchester Metropolitan University
35 Middlesex University
36 Newcastle University
37 The University of Northampton
38 Northumbria University
39 The University of Nottingham
40 University of Plymouth
41 University of Portsmouth
42 The University of Reading
43 Robert Gordon University
44 University of Roehampton
45 Royal Holloway, University of London
46 University of Salford
47 SOAS, University of London
48 Sheffield Hallam University
49 University of South Wales
50 University of Stirling
51 University of Strathclyde
52 University of Surrey
53 University of Sussex
54 University of Warwick
55 University of Westminster
56 University of Worcester

Online resources

Education UK website

A comprehensive website aimed solely at the Indian students –with a searchable course database of more than 450,000 courses, information on visa procedures, stories from alumni, scholarship information and lots of advice for potential students and their families -

For advice about the quality of teaching and research in UK higher education institutions students should consult the following official resources - for subject and institution reviews visit and for research ratings visit

The UK is very competitive — both for tuition fees and living costs — according to a study by the UK Higher Education International Unit published recently. Eight out of 10 higher education students in UK also give their courses top marks, finds a survey published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in August 2011. You can find out more on

International students with a recognised degree from a UK Institution may also be able to apply for visa to work in the UK as per the announcement on ‘Exceptional talent route’ and ‘New student entrepreneurs’ scheme. You can find more on

The ‘GREAT Britain’ Campaign

The ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign (“GREAT”) is a strategic international marketing programme designed to promote the UK to business, tourism and student markets worldwide in order to enhance the country’s global reputation and deliver long-term economic benefits. GREAT was officially launched in February 2012.
• For world class education and training, with more than 30 of the world’s top 200 universities, choose the UK
• International graduates of British Universities significantly improve their career prospects and earning potential. Study in the UK and enjoy the rewards
• For a world class teaching experience, with graduate and post graduate satisfaction at 90%, study in the UK
• For the highest number of top MBA courses in Europe and one of the best places to study business, choose the UK

The British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It aims to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and increase appreciation of the UK’s creative ideas and achievements. The British Council is active in 109 countries and 227 towns and cities worldwide.